NYC’s Irish house band Black 47 may have retired in 2014 after a 25-year career, but the band’s leader Larry Kirwan is returning to the St. Patrick’s Day spotlight with the help of some friends for a full-band show.
This Friday, March 17, Kirwan returns to B.B. King’s for a second St. Patrick’s Day in a row for a special show to keep the celebration going after the city’s parade down 5th Avenue. Kirwan will be performing with the same band as last year featuring Coty Cockrell (piano), Deni Boney (violin), Rene Hart (double bass), Thomas Hamlin (drums, Black 47). Making appearances during the show will be fellow Black 47 co-founder Chris Byrne and Cait O’Riordan from The Pogues. A very special guest Pat McGuire, originally from New York and now Galway, has just been announced this week for the show as well. Since the retirement of Black 47, Kirwan has been keeping busy with some solo gigs and has kept up with songwriting, debuting “Floating” last year and a brand new single this week titled “Second Coming Blues.”
In support of the main set, a few other acts will be joining in the evening’s events. Rory K, an up-and-coming NYC hip hop artist (and son of Kirwan) is returning for a brief set and some new songs to debut. Kicking off the night will be some traditional tunes from the Lia Fail pipe band out of Mercer County, NJ.
Tickets are $25 in advance/$30 day of show, available online and at the club. Doors are at 6pm and the show starts on time at 7pm, timed just right for folks spending time in Manhattan after the parade.